Viper (Bothriechis schleglii)
Eyelash Viper is a small pit viper that lives in trees and palms. It is
one of the smallest venomous snakes in Central America reaching a maximum
length of about 20 inches (50 cm). This one was a typical adult of about
14" (35 cm) long.
Vipers get their name from enlarged scales over their eyes that resemble
eyelashes. Eyelash vipers come in different colors and spotting patterns.
The bright yellow color form is much rarer than the typical gray and rust
Vipers are venomous, with two fangs in the front of their mouths that
fold back when the mouth is closed. It eats lizards and small birds. Although
the eyelash viper is small, it is one of the most dangerous of the venomous
snakes in Central America. Its poison is strong, and most people disregard
a bite by a small snake as non-threatening. Luckily, they are not very
aggressive and bites are not common.
|Eyelash Viper - Brown Color Pattern
||Eyelash Viper - Yellow/Gold Color